The advent of superhero films has led to a sort of dilution in the film-going experience for most. Stories, characters and plots tend to become so similar that it’s rare for a movie to illicit an emotional response personally. The last film that did illicit such a response was the ending of Logan and I straight up cried at that ending. That’s why Wonder Woman becomes such a great movie
Wonder Woman is a very emotionally heavy film which is what makes it such a great movie and goes to show that superhero films, when done right, can still inspire and not just be testosterone-fueled glam-and-stunt fests anymore.
Wonder Woman is a powerful film and breaks an age-old stereotype that only male lead superhero films can do well. It hits all the high notes that a character of her stature should and does so in a very honest way. To watch Diana go from this innocent maiden with a constricted view of the world to a warrior that understands and embraces humanity in brightest day and darkest night is an experience that I haven’t felt or seen since the original Spiderman film and the original Superman film.
It is a very important film as well because it questions the consequence and fallout of war and humanity’s obsession with prejudice. From the challenges of the characters to the numbness of soldiers, this is a film that questions everything from hierarchy, gender, colour, race and even modern warfare.
Gal Gadot is an absolute charm as Wonder Woman. She portrays the character with such genuineness that her moments of happiness puts a smile on your face, her sadness makes you weep and her glory makes you fist bump the air around you. In fact, the entire No Man’s Land sequence is a giant middle finger to anyone who’s every doubted her (includes me) or doubted women in general.
Chris Pine deserves a lot of credit in this film. While he takes up the damsel-in-distress mantle in the film, there is an honesty and charm in him that brings out his acting chops. Not once does he comes off as lecherous or as an embodiment of toxic masculinity and it lets the character be a lot more three-dimensional, which love interests in superhero films generally tend to lack these days. This is why when Gal and Chris’s character are romancing each other, it feels earnest and earned and not forced down our throats. (cough Black Widow and Hulk cough)
Even the supporting cast is very stellar. The best part is that the diversity in the film is a lot more natural and doesn’t feel like PC. In fact, I didn’t even realise how diverse it was until way into the film and it speaks volumes about the films capability to use such a diverse range of actors and make them a lot more three-dimensional and relatable.
The film falters in its final act though. One of the basic problems that all DCEU films have is their reliance on excessive special effects. The action looks great but the CGI kind of takes you out of the charm of the film and its also where the film comes apart a little bit. DC films could learn from Marvel about how to stick the landing.
My favourite part of the movie was the No Mans Land sequence. When Diana enters the trenches head-on and starts to take bullets, I, and a few people in the audience got very emotional and there’s no shame in admitting that there were tears that flowed down. But it was tears of sheer triumph on seeing Diana become Wonder Woman.
Patty Jenkins deserves a huge round of applause for what she did with the film and I would love for her to work in the Man of Steel sequel. The positive and inspirational vibe that she brings to Wonder Woman is what Man of Steel lacked and it’s time Superman became the beacon of hope we know and love.
There is a touch of Geoff Johns in the film and his involvement in the franchise gives me great hope for the future of the DCEU. I could write on and on but I would rather have you go watch the film and enjoy it just as much as I did.
Go watch the film because it’s kickass and beautiful.